The Cutter Golf wedges promise to shave shots off your short game with their innovative design. Cutter boasts “Better Physics…Better Golf”, but is this true? In this article, we’ll review what Cutter’s wedges offer in terms of performance, design, durability and price.
We’ll then dig into their scientific claims before summarising how these wedges stack up against the competition.
Looks & first impressions
The Cutter wedges have a unique oval-shaped base and a triangular profile from face-on. As someone who likes classical looking clubs, this took me a little while to get used to.
When placed behind the ball this shape actually gave me the impression of a large surface area, but a smaller striking zone when chipping, due to the curved leading edge resulting in less leading edge in contact with the ground.
Based on the first impressions I was a little sceptical about how this wedge would perform, however after a few shots, I was very pleasantly surprised.
On short chips, the Cutter wedges offer great spin and a real sense of control. I was able to hit higher softer chips and lower spinning chips with ease.
Moving further back to 30-40 yards the Cutter wedges continued to perform well with great shot-stopping ability and a high trajectory.
I felt the curved leading edge shape and sole was going to hinder the ability to open the club face and manipulate the loft for certain shots, like flop shots, but I was wrong, these wedges are actually highly adaptable, particularly from tight lies.
Out of the rough the curved leading edge does snag less than a traditional shaped wedge. Giving the sense of the wedge cutting through the rough and inspiring confidence. This will be a big benefit for golfers who fear that 2ft dunch out of the rough.
Again, based on the marketing towards golfers struggling with their short game and their abstract design I wasn’t prepared for how good these wedges feel.
On chips and pitches they feeling buttery soft, the most similar comparison I can draw is with the old and rare Ping Berillium Copper irons and wedges, which is quite the compliment!
From longer distances, there were a few extra vibrations which took away a little from the brilliant greenside feel. But I would put this, in part, down to the shaft having far more flex compared to my personal preference.
Durability & price
The Cutter wedge range comes in at a mid-price point, 10-20% cheaper than leading brands such as Titleist and Mizuno, but above some lower-cost alternatives that you might be considering. I feel this is fair pricing for a great feeling wedge that is trying to innovate club design.
After testing these over a few weeks, I can’t say exactly how long these clubs will last. However, after hitting a good volume of bunker shots and having a whack with a few hard range balls I’m yet to see any wear, which is a good sign.
How do they stack up against other wedges?
Over the past few years I’ve played with Titleist SM wedges and recently switched to Mizuno’s T20 wedges – both are top of the range when it comes to performance and price.
In terms of short game control and spin inside 30 yards I can honestly say the Cutter wedges spin more than the Mizuno wedges and are on par with the Titleist SM wedge range. This was a really pleasant surprise – fine work Cutter Golf.
As we move further back to between 40 and 100 yards I feel the Mizuno and Titleist offer more a balanced club, with a more solid feel. However, I will caveat this with Cutter Golf only offering a regular shaft currently, whereas my preference is a much stiffer shaft (Project X 6.5).
Conclusion – Cutter Wedge Golf Review
The Cutter Golf wedges offer great spin and versatility around the greens, combined with solid performance from further afield. Cutter wedges offer a unique design and performance for those looking for a new kind of tool for their short game.
Are they a magical cure for short game wos – no. But, will they help golfers who have an iffy strike and decelerate in thick lies – yes. I don’t feel these are a must-buy, but they are a very solid product that offers golfers something different in the wedge market.
I’m particularly impressed with how they perform inside 30 yards, and out of the rough. The only current drawback is their less solid feel from longer distances.
That summarises our review of Cutter Golf wedges, below we dig deeper into some of their claims and potential future developments for those that want more on Cutter Golf wedges.
Cutter wedge claims
Cutter Golf makes some bold claims about their wedge reange. Here we’ll dig into how true these statements are and if they really matter to you as a golfer.
Cutter Golf suggests the symmetrical face profile creates a face that is easier to aim, resulting in more accurate shots and lower scores.
While the face is easy to aim at your target, it isn’t self-aiming. Poor aim is a consequence of other faults in a golfers’ technique. It is the body’s mechanism to make you perform as best you can.
Cutter Wedges are easy to aim, but are not self-aiming.
75% Larger Sweet Spot & less twist
Cutter Golf estimate the MOI (moment of inertia), resisitence to twisting, is 26% greater compared to standard wedges. This is thanks to their head shape, weight distribution and cavity back design. They conclude this 26% increase in MOI also makes their wedges 26% more forgiving.
We haven’t modelled their design for MOI, but visually you can tell these wedges have far more perimeter weighting than traditional golf wedges. A 26% increase in MOI sounds reasonable.
However, MOI is not as important in golf club design when shots are hit at low velocities. When the golf ball is struck both the ball and club experience the same magnitude of force.
With a driver, the golf ball accelerated rapidly (large force), a 26% increase in MOI would be incredibly useful, with chipping (low velocity and low force) it sure is a positive, but the noticeable effect for heel and toe strikes will be minimal compared to full shots.
66% less Leading Edge
Cutter suggest their wedges experience less drag through rough, due to their rounded leading edge. Again, we can’t model this percentage, but this is one area where their is a noticeable difference in performance.
The retracted heel and toe does allow the leading edge to work through thick rough in a very different way to traditional wedges – a great design if this is something you are looking for in a wedge.
From a players perspective, I would like to see them slightly reduce the curve on the leading edge and soften the triangular toe. I would also like to see a wider range of shaft options. I feel these tweaks would make them an option for a wider proportion of golfers.
I will be sticking to my current wedges, but Cutter Golf has done a great job in creating something different for golfers who are looking for a new option in the wedge market.
What loft options do Cutter Golf offer?
Cutter Golf offers 52, 56 and 58º wedges in right and left-handed options. At this time there are no shaft options other than the standard wedge shaft. All three wedges come in one set bounce option (10° for 52º, 12° for 56º and 6° bounce in the 58º).
What is the best combination of wedges?
Happy golfing – Will @ Golf Insider UK
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